Room Parent Information/Class Celebrations
There are generally three
parties celebrated in the classroom which are organized and run by the room
parents and parent volunteers: Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and an End of
the Year Party. Each teacher and grade level has their own way of
celebrating these traditions. Room parents are asked to meet with the
teachers to discuss party expectations, including party timing, food
preferences, decoration needs, activities, parent participation, etc.
Funds collected for parties should not exceed $15 per student. Staff
members request that decorations are kept to a minimum and that parties include
some kind of craft and/or game and food treats. Halloween and
Valentine parties should be typically held at the end of the day for
approximately 60 minutes. End of Year Parties are to be held for
approximately 60-90 minutes. Room parents should arrange for volunteers
for each party and communicate teacher expectations.
Allergy Policy: All
food for parties/celebrations must be store-bought, including original
label. In addition, all foods for classroom celebrations (where
applicable) must be “peanut-free” (“peanut-oil free”) and approved by the
classroom teacher prior to the celebration. It can be very difficult to
determine such ingredients in foods. Please be sure treats and snacks for
class parties are pre-approved by the classroom teacher, who has direct
knowledge of the severity of health issues in his/her classroom.
**Important Note About
Birthday Celebrations: We love to celebrate shark birthdays at Stonegate
by announcing your child's name on the morning announcements and giving your
child a special birthday pencil. DUE TO ALLERGY CONCERNS we will no
longer allow food items to be brought in for birthday celebrations to be shared
with the class. However, classes will still celebrate with singing.
You may decide to bring in a special trinket for your child to give to
each of his/her classmates. Some examples of trinkets include stickers or
pencils. A class book could also be donated in the birthday student's
name for the classroom library.
Volunteer Training on Recognizing and
Reporting Child Abuse
MCPS values the volunteers who work in our
schools to enrich our students’ experiences. As a community, we all are
mindful of our shared responsibility to create safe, nurturing environments for
our students. The Montgomery County Board of Education has revised its child
abuse policy, and MCPS has engaged in a comprehensive effort to implement
practices and protocols to ensure all of our students have a safe learning
As part of this ongoing
effort for the 2016–2017 school year, MCPS has developed training for all
volunteers in the district to learn about recognizing and reporting child abuse
and neglect. This online training takes about 30 minutes to complete and
can be accessed through the MCPS website at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/childabuseandneglect/.
While we encourage all
community members to engage in this important, informative training, currently
we only require individuals who regularly support schools to
complete the child abuse and neglect training.
The online training will be
available in Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese by the
end of September 2016. Parents/guardians will not be barred from
participation in their schools due to the need for training accommodations.
Answers to frequently asked
questions are posted on the MCPS Child Abuse and Neglect webpage. MCPS
is grateful for your commitment and partnership to ensure the safety of
All visitors must check in at the office
upon arrival and wear a visitor's badge, even if you're just running into
the school for a few minutes.
Volunteers are considered agents of the local
Board of Education for the limited purpose of comprehensive liability insurance
and workmen's compensation coverage while on school property.
Please work directly with your child’s teacher
to arrange classroom volunteering, or contact the office to help in with tasks
in the office. If you are interested in volunteering with the PTA, please
contact the PTA directly. (email@example.com)
Please keep track of hours spent at home.
Keep a log at home, and submit it to the PTA at the end of the year.
Sign-In Log to get a printable form.)
Hours spent volunteering are provided to the School Superintendent's office.
Our school can be recognized by the State of Maryland for outstanding
volunteerism if we track our hours accurately.
Notification of Absence: If you are scheduled to volunteer for
an activity and can't make it, please email the teacher directly or call at
least 24 hours in advance. Please leave a message with the school secretary
with the name of the teacher you were scheduled to help and the time you were
If you spend any time in
the workroom, you'll quickly notice that the copier is in high demand!
Stonegate staff members have priority over PTA members for copier usage. If
you're copying for a teacher for immediate use, then you are treated with the
same priority as if you are the teacher. If you use up all the paper in the
copier, please replace it. If you use up the toner, be sure to tell the front
office staff. If you're unlucky enough to have a paper jam, be sure to ask for
help in clearing the machine if you're unable to clear it by yourself. And,
finally, if you're doing copying after school and you run into any of these
problems, please write a note for the front office staff so they are aware when
they come in the next day. No codes are required for using the copy machine.
All flyers must be submitted to either the PTA
or the school for approval before dissemination. The flyers can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You can distribute PTA flyers into the staff
boxes on any day of the week, but they are usually sent home by the teachers in
the Friday folders. (Some teachers choose to send them home sooner,
however.) If each Stonegate family needs only one copy (as opposed to each
Stonegate student needing a copy), ask Mrs. Tegethoff for a count that
considers "Youngest in Family." Always make 25 extra copies of your
notice to be kept in the rack outside the front office.